Gambling: The Hidden Addiction

Gambling: The Hidden Addiction

Owls are masters of camouflage and are nocturnal hunters. Similarly a gambling addiction often develops in plain sight of family members or work colleagues and gamblers spend night after night gambling at casino’s or online. This disorder, even though it does not involve addiction to a substance, has devastating effects not only on the sufferer but on the family, especially in terms of long term financial losses. Lives are ruined and sometimes lost as problem gamblers consider suicide as the only way out of this powerful addiction.

This workshops sheds light on this addiction and its characteristics, manifestation and effects. It discusses treatment options and explains diagnosis as well as co-occurring disorders. This workshop will be valuable to both the layperson and the professional.

Course Outline:

Section One: Introduction to Gambling

  • Research and gambling statistics
  • Signs of a gambling disorder according to GA
  • History of diagnosis
  • Activity: Case Study 1

Section Two: Is it an addiction?

  • The neuroscience of addiction
  • Risk factors
  • Activity: Case Study 2
  • Co-morbidity
  • Activity: Case Study 3

Section Three: When are you addicted?

  • Types of gamblers
  • Activity: Case Study 4
  • DSM-V
  • Activity: Case Study 5
  • Activity: Case Study 6
  • Consequences
  • Activity: Case Study 7
  • Online gambling
  • Video-clip

Section Four: Working with Gamblers

  • Treatment options
  • Activity: Case Study 8
  • Effects on gambling employees
  • Self-care

Tagged under

conflict communication

Course reference: GAM115

Duration: Half Day (½ Day)

Time: 09h00 - 12h30

Type: On-site at your work premises, Online via Skype


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Training Methods: This workshop includes dynamic trainee/trainer interactions and discussions, written and oral exercises, role plays, case studies, reflection, quizzes and a workbook for each participant to take back to the workplace.


Target Audience: This workshop will be valuable to both the layperson and the professional.



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